Our Thanksgiving Celebration

 


 

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! My family and I enjoyed each other’s company drinking wine and over-eating. Lately, I’ve been feeling down because of the wildfires

in California. It’s like I can feel the pain of all the families affected by the fires. It’s more frustrating because there’s nothing we can do to stop all the fires. I really appreciate my family now more

than ever and very thankful that I get to spend quality time with them.

 

What are you thankful for? 🙂

 

 

 

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Little Martin’s Drawer Wet Wipe Pouch Review


 

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Product details:

“Little Martin’s portable wet wipe pouch BPA free material will not leak or break to keep wet wipes moist. Also portable Dispenser Holder Case can be hung or attached anywhere, such as to the diaper bag or stroller for convenience when traveling.Set of 3 wet wipe cases comes in various beautiful designs perfectly suited for every mom and baby.

TRAVEL-FRIENDLY – Lightweight, portable pouch can be hung or attached anywhere, such as to the diaper bag or stroller for convenience when traveling

REUSABLE, REFILLABLE – Easily carry around your favorite wipes by filling up your pouch as needed; no need to buy small, less economical travel packs

IDEAL SIZE – Perfect size and capacity so moms can handle a quick clean up with ease

HIGH-QUALITY MATERIAL – Thick, high quality, non-toxic, BPA free material will not leak or break to keep wet wipes moist

STYLISH DESIGN – Set of 3 wet wipe cases comes in various beautiful designs perfectly suited for every mom and baby”

 

 

This wet-wipes pouch by Little Martin’s Drawer is the cutest thing ever. I knew I had to get it, the moment I saw it online. The size of this pouch is perfect for travel. You can insert it in your

bag or attached it on your stroller. I love that this product is BPA free and non-toxic. The box comes with 3 pouches; 2 pink and 1 blue. The stylish and modern design of this product is

perfect for all moms and babies.

 

If you are a “mom on-the-go” like myself, you would love this product. I have wipes available every-where in the house and in my car because I always need  to clean something. I think even

if I’m not a mom, I would still own a lot of wet-wipes. I use them for removing my makeup, cleaning the top of my desk, cleaning my shoes, cleaning other furniture and removing the excess

pigment of my makeup brushes.

 

CONS – The only cons I would say is that the flap of the pouch seems it can break easily. However, I’m sure glue can fix the problem, if it ever occurs.

 

Overall this product is good to have for people, who like to bring wet wipes anywhere they go. It’s very affordable for 3 pouches. The design is modern perfect for fashionistas. So I give this

pouch … thumbs up!

 

 

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xoxo, Arianne 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*this post is NOT sponsored. I was gifted this product, but All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

Modern and Affordable Makeup Drawer

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It took me less than 30 minutes to assemble this drawer.

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You  can stack them up together for more storage space.

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DETAILS | EKBY ALEX SHELF | TOOLS | MAKEUP BRUSHES | SILVER MAKEUP BOX SET | CERAMIC BOWLS | SIGMA BRUSH CASE |

 

        My husband is the sweetest person in the world for finding me a really simple and modern makeup drawer that’s a bang for the buck! I need as much space as possible for being a beauty blogger because my makeup is piling up and being organized is the key to success! Am I right?

I’m surprised how affordable this drawer is. Ikea makes such nice furniture without robbing your bank account. 😉 What’s special about this drawer is it looks like it’s floating in space. It’s so attractive and elegant looking. You can also stack two drawers together for more storage space for your makeup. However, I wouldn’t suggest stacking more than 2 shelves because the brackets could fail because of too much weight.

As far as assembling it, I had fun assembling it myself. It took me less than 30 minutes to assemble one shelf. I’m very excited to film my future videos with this cool backdrop behind me. Below is a step by step video on how to assemble this drawer.

 

 

xoxo, Arianne

 

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Valentine’s Day & Night Fashion

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Underwear party 😉

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black dress2DETAILS|CHERRY T-SHIRT|STRIPED BOW SLIDES SANDALS|FAUX FUR CAT-EAR SLEEP MASK|IPHONE X CASE|BLACK DRESS|WHITE SANDALS|SCALLOPED MESH BRA|

Who says you have to go anywhere to celebrate Valentine’s Day? In the Davis household we like to have a pajama party in our house on Valentine’s Day.

Oh how I love the season of “LOVE!” This means it’s all about wearing the sweetest colors, textures and prints. I’m obsessed with my cherry print tee, I can wear this all day to feel as sweet as a cherry. And how about some relaxation time? Wear this faux fur cat-ear sleep mask and all your stress will go away.

 My husband and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day, but since our wedding anniversary falls on the 13th of February then it becomes double celebration for us. I bet he will like my mesh bralette paired with the cutest striped bow slide sandals. After the kids are sleeping, it’s time for Paul and I to hang out — this beautiful and sexy black dress will do the trick to spice things up! Because Valentine’s Day is all about keeping it sweet, sexy and naughty.

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xoxo, Arianne

 

photo credits: Paul Quinn Davis

 

Humidifiers – My Top 3 Picks for the Cold Season

    It has been a brutal winter for all of us. Everyone has the flu or cold and it’s pretty alarming. Moreover, my kids are sick every week. It’s unfortunate we can’t prevent catching viruses from one another. However, we can recover from common cold and flu faster than the usual by eating healthy and having a humidifier around. Humidifier adds moisture to the air, which helps with congestion and cough. I have had my share of buying different humidifiers that do not work at all. Below are my top picks that worked for me.

TOP 3

URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser

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· Urpower New Version: The Urpower Ultrasonic Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser is an upgraded version. The 2nd generation produces more mist than old version. An ideal way to add moist, comfortable air to small bedrooms, hotel rooms, tabletops and even workplace cubicles

· Ultrasonic aroma essential oil diffuse is safe and does not harm the essential oil of any ingredients

· Fight back against dry air. This stylish cool mist humidifier adds moisture to your air to eliminate dryness and help with your dry chapped skin, chapped lips and dry sinuses. Add a drop of your favorite essential oil to give your room a fresh, clean scent

· Features include 7 color changing lamps for your choice, nightlight, programmable on/off cycles and auto shut-off. Once the water runs out, it will be auto shut-off to protect the device.

· Content: 100 ml, Material: PP Hard plastic, working time: up to 6 hours, adjustable two mist settings: continuously and intermittently, whisper – quiet operation won’t interfere with your sleep

The Urpower humidifier is my third choice due to its simplicity and durability. This is as tall as my iPhone and can be placed anywhere in the house and office. You do not need a manual to know how to operate this humidifier. It’s as easy as adding water and pressing a button.

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PROS

I love how small and light-weight this product. It doesn’t create water leakage on my table top and very low maintenance. Also, it doesn’t break easily like other humidifiers. Lastly, it’s quite affordable, which is nice.

CONS

You have to add water every few hours. The humidity it adds to the room is very little. This product is best for small rooms only. I use this product as an oil diffuser more than a humidifier.

TOP 2

Asom Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier Aroma Oil Diffuser

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Description:

Premium Humidifier – moisturizes the air for up to 14 hours of continuous operation, Built-in 7 color LED night-light, (Yellow, orange, Red, Purple, Indigo, Blue, Green).

Diffuser – Humidifier for Home, Office, Bedroom, Spa and more.

Automatic shut-off turns humidifier off when water level is low or the water tank is removed.

Longer mist stream provides perfect coverage and leaves no condensation on the floor. Suitable for medium-sized to large rooms.

360-degree mist nozzle and Easily adjust the Vapor flow with the control knob

The Asom Humidifier is a bigger size than the Urpower Humidifier. It blows a lot more cool mist — Perfect  inside the bedroom or any type of room. You can choose how much mist it blows, which is from low to high. The price of this product is in the mid-range.

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PROS

It possesses high power of blowing cool mist while staying quiet. It would last all night blowing mist. You can turn the knob whichever way you want to direct the mist to. It shuts off automatically when water is gone.

CONS

This product is a little complicated. If you don’t clean and dry off the bottom part every time you use it, it will stop functioning easily. It’s a high maintenance humidifier.

TOP 1

Levoit Humidifiers, 6L Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier with Remote and Humidity Monitor

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  • ULTRASONIC WARM & COOL MIST: Features warm or cool mist at three different levels; Increase humidity levels 25% quicker than devices using only cool mist
  • TELL YOU THE ACTUAL HUMIDITY AROUND: Always reads the exact value of humidity level so that you can set a suitable and comfortable humidity level based on the surrounding environment
  • TOUCH CONTROL & REMOTE CONTROL: Sensitive touch control panel is easy to operate and the included remote also controls any settings for convenience.
  • HUGE CAPACITY: Large 6L capacity allows for 20 to 36 hours of continuous use; covers up to 280 ft² (20~30m²) in your bedroom, living room, or office
  • WHISPER-QUIET: Ultrasonic air diffusion produces less than 36 dB for a quiet humidification that you even cannot hear it is on
  • SMART AUTO MODE: Designed with Auto mode will automatically diffuse mist to adjust the humidity to the most suitable level
  • BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: Special leak proof design is different from other leaking problem humidifiers among the market. CE&ETL certified. 2-year warranty and lifetime support from Levoit

I am definitely loving the Levoit Humidifier! This is my favorite so far. It’s huge, quiet, automatically diffuses mist to the suitable level and its got warm mist as well. I even use this as a steamer for my face when I do facial at home.

PROS

The Levoit Humidifier water tank is big enough to provide all day and night mist for a large room. I don’t have to keep adding water in it, which is convenient. The Auto Mode lets me find out the percentage of humidity in the room. Lastly, you can purchase the insurance in case it breaks and it will be replaced with a brand new one right away. How cool is that?

CONS

This humidifier is expensive. I wish it’s less than $50. Sometimes I get lazy filling up the tank because it’s so big compare to the small containers that are easy to fill up. You will need to read the manual to understand how this product works. Maintenance is a must. You have to really clean it or else it will build minerals and bacteria, which you don’t want that.

CONCLUSION:

Overall, these three humidifiers work great for adding moisture to the air. You will need small or big humidifier depending on how small or big your place is. I have a huge living room space and small bedrooms. I like to add humidity to my room all day and all night. I feel like it cleans the air and helps ease my nasal congestion. My baby boy sleeps through the night more when the humidifier is on. Dry air is never good for you — it gives you dry throat, chapped lips and dry skin.

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xoxo, Arianne 

References: 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/expert-answers/cool-mist-humidifiers/faq-20058199

Disclaimer: This article is not sponsored. Links provided in this page are affiliated, but my opinion are 100% my own. I purchased all these products. They are not gifted to me.

the perfect houseplants for your perfect home

     Does starting a “home garden” intimidate you?  — Where to begin? How to take care of them?  Which plants to buy? Doing something unknown is always scary but with some research, gardening will certainly be rewarding. Plants bring serenity and beauty inside your home. These living and growing organisms that bloom colorful flowers are always amusing. Hence, gardening is very therapeutic. Below are some house-plants I recommend bringing into your home. With the right knowledge on how to care for them, you will absolutely enjoy their beauty and the nature ambiance these plants will bring.

Where to begin?

  1. Find out your plant hardiness zone number. Go here to learn about your place hardiness zone number. This is important because all plants have climate preferences. For example, I live in Los Angeles and my hardiness zone number is number 10, which means  I will be purchasing plants hardy to my location’s climate.
  2. Know how much sunlight comes into your space. The further the plant from the window, the faster the intensity of light drops. Windows facing East or South would be ideal for your houseplants. I live in a South facing place, which gets a lot of afternoon sunlight.
  3. Go to plant nurseries near you. I like to go to Home Depot because it’s the nearest plant store from our house. You can also check out the top plant nurseries in LA by Los Angeles Magazine.

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         Kalanchoe Succulent or flowering succulent is one amazing plant you often see in gardens and flower shops. It has clusters of tiny flowers that produce a large bloom held aloft on stems above the majority of the foliage. My little girls picked these pretty blooming plants from Home Depot and fit very well in their mini-garden display at home. I found another great place other than Home Depot to buy this plant from is at this site. Mountain Crest Gardens has the entire succulents’ collection for reasonable prices and they even have reviews and care instructions for each plant.

Care Instructions    

Kalanchoe plants must have well-drained soil. This plant like small containers due to the bigger the pot the more likely it will sit in moist. And succulents do not like a lot of moist. Treat this plant like cactus.

This type of succulent has few disease or pest problems, best when grown indoors and need partial sun to light shade. Let it COMPLETELY dry out before watering again.

Try to get a feel of your Kalanchoe plant — if their leaves are starting to dry out, it means it’s time to re-pot or it’s getting too much or too little direct sunlight. I move my plants to different locations in our space many times to know the best spot for them. It will show wilting or other signs of unhappiness, if the amount of sunlight is not right. Fertilize once a month.

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Pink Polka Dot Plant

        Have you ever seen foliage this lovely? Pink Polka Dot plant is incredibly an easy plant to grow in your home — no ‘green-thumb’ needed!  I purchased this from the house-plants garden department in Home Depot, but I can’t find any products link where to buy them. You can go to their store to see, if they still have them in stock or you can get them from Etsy online store. What’s so attractive with this plant is its color — cute pink polka dot all over its foliage. They grow so fast! With the right way of caring for them, you will see an incredible growth in a matter of two weeks.

Care Instructions

I find that this pink polka dot plant likes direct morning sunlight. However, it can thrive with direct afternoon sun light as well. If your place is getting too much afternoon direct sunlight, use curtains as filter. This plant needs 4 or more hours of sunlight. It is time to water when one inch of its soil feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly until water drips outside the pot’s holes.

Add organic fertilizer once a week. I also like to use fish kelp liquid fertilizer from time to time. This gives my plants a boost of growth. Look at fish kelp as a treat for your plants.

This plant will continuously grow tall up to a point that its stems will start drooping. So you want to keep pinching off the stem to avoid legginess.

      My experience with this plant is when the sun is down, its leaves slightly droop. Even though, it shows sign of wilting, as soon as the morning sun hits it, all the leaves perk right back up. I’ve always thought every time plants wilt, you should water it right away, but with the Pink Polka Dot plant drooping is part of its routine. Check out my Instagram account for more updated pictures of my plants. I’m obviously obsessed with them!money tree 6 monthsMoney Tree

           The Malabar chestnut or also known as the money tree plant symbolizes good luck and wealth. Usually grown indoors, this plant can reach up to 6 or 7 feet high indoors. The tree has five trunks, braided together, which makes this tree attractive. The picture above is a 6 month old Money Tree. I call it my baby tree. My experience with this plant is it’s an easy plant to care for, but it’s always good to check your plant every day to check for diseases, pest or if you need to water it.

Care Instructions

Place this tree on a location with indirect sunlight. Water when 1 to 2 inch of soil feels dry to touch. Water this plant once a week only. Although, this plant doesn’t really need a lot of attention, I would suggest planting it in a large terra-cotta pot so that it will have enough room for growth and soil dries out faster compare to a plastic container. I had to re-pot my money tree from a plastic container into a terra-cotta pot because I noticed the tips of the leaves are yellowing. This is because the plastic container was making it difficult for the soil to dry out between watering. If the soil is always moist, the roots of your plant will rot. So as soon as there are any signs of leaves turning into brown, yellow or drooping – this means you have to make a call what action you will do to save your plant. In my case I re-potted it and it did solve the problem. Lastly, this plant likes outdoors with indirect sunlight during the summer time as well. Once in a while all plants want to be outdoors.

DSC_2946Mini Snow-bush Plant

 Mini Snow-bush plant or Breynia Disticha is such a delightful plant. When I saw this in the store, I thought it would be a great addition to our home garden. It’s called snow bush because the white spots on its foliage makes it look like a plant covered with snow. If you would like to add this plant to your plant arrangement, makes sure to choose plants with the same sun and watering needs.

Care Instructions

Water the mini snow bush plant every 3 – 4 days. Keep the soil moist as much as possible. This plant needs a lot of attention. Pinch off leggy stems. I like to keep my snow bush plant looking like a snow ball. The leaves will droop when it needs water. Water right away, if you see slight wilting. One day, I forgot to water my plant when I already saw it drooping and then the next day it was all dried out. I absolutely panicked and thought that my snow bush plant is a goner, but I was able to save it by watering right away thoroughly. Also, I like to give my plant fish kelp fertilizer. Mix 1 teaspoon of fertilizer into 1 cup of water. Don’t forget to stir then pour water to your snow bush plant until you see water dripping out of the holes of the pot.

Ultimately, you will find lots of articles online about how to care for different plants. However, we all have different environment that we live in. Therefore, how I cared for my plants might or might not work for you because you live in a place with a totally different climate. But I hope this article helped your research about house plants. I brought a lot more plants than the list above into my home, but unfortunately they did not survive the new environment they were in. I continuously do a lot of research into finding out how to care for different type of plants and will share all my experiences and findings to you all. I think the best way to learn about plants is to experience caring for them and growing them yourself. Thanks for reading!

References:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/kalanchoe/growing-kalanchoe-plants.htm

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/care-instructions-money-tree-plant-50174.html

https://www.thespruce.com/lighting-for-houseplants-1902691

https://garden.org/plants/view/87584/Snow-Bush-Breynia-disticha/

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xoxo, Arianne

 
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how to plant tulip bulbs in containers

PLANTING TULIP BULBS IN CONTAINERS IN WARM CLIMATES.

Tulips can grow anywhere!

Do you love the beauty tulips? Have you always thought that growing tulips in warm climate is impossible? WRONG! Tulips are originally from Holland, which means this plant prefers cold climates. The cold period is normally giving by nature when the soil temperature drops below 55 degrees. Although in warm climates where the soil temperature isn’t dropping  below 55 degrees you can fool the bulb into thinking they’ve gone through a cold winter underground.

The good thing today is we have the technology to fool tulip bulbs that they are in a cold climate environment. And that technology we will use is the refrigerator in your kitchen.

FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS TO GROW TULIPS IN WARM CLIMATES

1. Tulips need a “cooling/chilling period”

Place your bulbs inside a ventilated paper bag and put the bag inside the vegetable tray for 12-16 weeks. Do not store them next to a fruit because all ripening fruits give off ethylene gas which will kill the flowers inside the bulbs. It is very important to planting them right away after taken from the fridge, don’t let them warm up in the sun!

2. Grow healthy roots

Plant the tulips in a pot, water them and place the pot 4-6 weeks in your fridge. Tulips like to be planted in cool soil (32-55 degrees) to make roots. It takes 4-6 weeks to grow healthy roots, after the roots have grown they are ready for warmer temperatures.

Plant tulips in the coolest part of the year. Plant tulips in partial/full shade. Apply two-inch thick layer of mulch to help retain moisture and keep the bulbs cool. Bring the soil temperature down by regular watering, the soil should be moist.

See video above to know how to plant the pre-cooled bulbs in containers and what tools/products to use to achieve healthy beautiful tulip plants.

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